Russia 1896 25 kopeks
This specimen was lot 25644 in Heritage sale 3026 (Long Beach, October 2013), where it sold for $9,400. The catalog description noted, "Nicholas II Proof 25 Kopecks 1896, Bust left / Crowned double-headed Imperial eagle with date and value, Proof 66 Cameo NGC. Brilliant white with a sharp strike and slightly cloudy appearance. Very rare in this Choice Proof condition." This is the only common date of a type struck 1895-1901.
Recorded mintage: 27,212,000.
Specification: 5 g, .900 fine silver, .1446 troy oz ASW.
Catalog reference: Bitkin 96?, KM-Y57.
- Bierrenbach, Cristiano, Warren Tucker and Scott Cordry, Heritage Signature Auction 3026, World & Ancient Coins, featuring the RLM Collection, Part Two, the Nogales Collection and the Goetz Medals Die Archive, Dallas, TX: Heritage Auction Galleries, 2013.
- Cuhaj, George S., and Thomas Michael, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900, 7th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2012.
- Bitkin, Vladimir, Composite Catalogue of Russian Coins, Part II (1740-1917), Kiev: Moneta, 2003.
- Harris, Robert P., Guidebook of Russian Coins, 1725 to 1970, Santa Cruz, CA: Bonanza Press, 1971.